June 10, 2013
Tennessee Annual Conference
United Methodist Church
Listening to each other is important. I knew it was important but I never realized it was this important.
“For most people being listened to is so close to being loved that they can’t tell the difference.”
Dr. Jan Love
Think about it. When you’re talking to someone and they’re looking all around at everything else that’s going on, Or, when you’re talking and the person you’re talking to is just waiting for you to take a breath so they can jump in…well…it doesn’t feel very good.
I was in a conversation the other day and the person I was talking to suddenly looked around and made some comment about whatever it was that caught their eye…I didn’t think they were listening anyway so when they turned back around I just kept quiet and never finished the sentence I was in the middle of when they looked away…and they never noticed. Needless to say, there wasn’t any love going on.
When you think about it, love and listening are almost intertwined…at least the one being listened to finds it difficult to tell the difference.